Tomas Saraceno
Cloudy Dunes _ Air-Port-City_2006

November 17 to December 22, 2006
opening hours from Wednesday to Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
and by appointment


Tomas Saraceno, Cloudy Dunes_Air-Port-City_2006
1'014 km de gaines électriques, 6 vidéos solaires (Lençois Maranhenses, Brésil, 2006)
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The artist and architect Tomas Saraceno creates experimental structures such as balloons or inflatable, modular platforms that can be inhabited and exploit natural energies. His visions are only apparently utopian, as his experiments are based on elements that actually work. Indeed, Saraceno was invited by the London organisation "The Arts Catalyst" (commissionned in its turn by the European Space Agency), in order to discuss the possible cultural exploitations of the International Space Station. Beside creating his sculptures/structures, Tomas Saraceno makes captivating videos of exceptional natural environments, thereby stimulating a desire to find new ways of living on our planet. One of his installations was recently presented at the Barbican Centre in London: it consisted of 32 videos, showing a 360 panorama of the meteorological evolution in Uyni's Salar (Bolivia), over a period of 24 hours. In the same line, Tomas Saraceno went to the Lencois Maranhenses park (in the North of Brazil), where pools of rainwater lie among dunes of white sand. This magical landscape was scrutinized by means of photovoltaics-supplied cameras. A number of these videos will be projected in the big hall of attitudes.

The project of Tomas Saraceno was realised with the support of Flexcell SA.
Thanks to Natalija Miodracovic, Alejandro Quiles, Elly Hatscher, Sabinme Eilers (Francfort), Marco & Jonathan (Barreirinja, Brasil), Andersen-s Contemporary (Copenhague).

Tomas Saraceno
(Argentine / Italie, born in 1973, based in Frankfurt am Main)

solo exhibitions
Cloudy Dunes_Air-Port-City, attitudes - espace d'arts contemporains, Genève / The Curve, Barbican Centre, London / Airt-Port-City, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Personal States - Infinite Actives, Portikus, Frankfurt-am-Main (avec Marjetica Potrc) / 2004 On Air, Pinksummer Gallery , Genova / 2003 in-migration, Universität Kaiserlautern / 2000 612 Planetas, Parque Planetario, Buenos Aires / 1998 Luces de estrellas, Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Carcova, Buenos Aires

group exhibitions (selection)
2006 Between The Desert And The Sea, 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, Emirats Arabes Unis / 27a Bienal de Sao Paulo / Busan Biennale, Busan / On Mobility, Trafó & Stúdió Galéria & Mucsarnok, Budapest; De Appel, Amsterdam / Andersen-s Contemporary, BaleLatina, Basel et Frieze Art Fair, London / 2005 Buenos días Santiago - une exposition comme expédition, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (curateur : attitudes), Santiago de Chile / Andersen-s Contemporary, Copenhague / Sehnsüchtig gleiten Ballone rund um die Welt, Green Light Pavilion, longingballoons, Berlin / Dialectic of hope, 1 Moscow Biennial of contemporary art / I still believe in miracles, Couvent des Cordeliers, ARC-Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris / On Mobility, BüroFriedrich, Berlin / Luna Park - Fantastic Art, Villa Manin, Codroipo / Project Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam / Pursuit of Happiness, Leidsche Rijn / 2004 Was ist in meiner Wohnung wenn ich nicht da bin?, longingballoons, Berlin / Open Duende, Duende, Rotterdam / Common Property, 6 Werkleitz Biennale, Halle / Universal Outstretch, Flaca Gallery, London / Lighter than_ Air_port-ZimCity, Zim atelier, Rotterdam / 2003 Here we come, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn / Utopia Station, 50. Biennale di Venezia / un-build cities, Kunstverein, Bonn / Art-gentina, The Buena Vista Building, Miami / 2002 Xposition, Archtekturzentrum, Vienne / Berlague Institute, Rotterdam / Peace and Love, Palazzo Buonauguro, Bassano / Next, 8.Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Biennale di Venezia / 2002/01 Rundgang, Staedelschule, Frankfurt-am-Main / 2001 Real Presence, Tito Museum, Belgrade / Neue Welt, Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main / 1999 City Editing, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires / Siglo xx Arte y Cultura en la Argentina, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aire